Were you busy on Saturday? Didn’t get a Chance to see the games you wanted to and don’t have the time to catch up. I’ll give you every game that happened yesterday in just a few words.
D.C. United vs Toronto FC
Toronto came to D.C. looking to get a few points as they continue on this extensive away trip, and D.C., who only has 6 points thus far this season, looked to get back on track. D.C. United came out from the start unorganized, and Toronto took advantage, scoring in the first minute. From then on D.C. United was fighting to get one back, but Clint Irwin did an excellent job of commanding his box. D.C. are lacking a midfield maestro in the team and it’s continuing to show.
Chicago Fire vs Montreal Impact
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This was a game of GOLAZOS! It was also the long awaited return of Didier Drogba, and boy did he not disappoint. Drogba came on in the 50
minute, and got on the score sheet in 56
After forcing Chicago forced into a bad giveaway in the back, Drogba flicked in a perfect cross from the over achiever of the season, Domenic Oduro. This leveled the game at 1-1, but then of course, Piatti scores a stoppage time beauty to give Montreal the win. Montreal, for me, has been one of the most exciting teams to watch this season and getting Drogba back, is only going to make them even better.
Columbus Crew SC vs New York City FC
Columbus, a team that was the Eastern Conference Champions last year, only had 2 points through 5 games, were looking to finally get their first win this season. Columbus’ front 3 of Kamara, Meram, and Finlay all finally showed up on Saturday, and all got on the score sheet. These three were a key to some very exciting soccer last year for the Crew, and it was delightful to see them all show up in a big way yesterday. If it wasn’t for a Patrick Mullins firing shooting NYCFC’s final chance right at Steve Clark, the Crew could’ve only came away with only a point again.
Colorado Rapids vs New York Red Bulls
This game was labeled the Snow Classico 2, and was delayed because of the field needing to be cleared of several inches of snow. It was also the first game for Jermaine Jones, who had been serving a suspension for 6 games. Man on man did he also make a first impression with his first appearance, scoring the first goal of the game. The Rapids come away from a week that required them to play 2 games in 4 days with 6 points, and the Red Bulls, who won the Supporters Shield in 2015, sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with just 3 points.
Seattle Sounders vs Philadelphia Union
Seattle got a much-needed win in front of their home supporters. For some odd reason the Union allowed Chad Marshall to lose his mark and give Seattle the early 1-0 advantage. Andre Blake was lights out in this game for the Union. If it wasn’t for him Seattle easily could’ve had 3 or 4 goals. The young starlet Jordan Morris, finally got his first professional goal in front of the fans that he used to once be a part of. The other talking point was the red card, but I’m not sure anyone can truly argue with the referee’s decision in this one.
Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps
Real Salt Lake continues their unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. The story of this game was Juan “Burrito” Martinez. The Argentine, and former Boca Juniors player, put on a show of tricks and flicks in front of the home fans. Martinez also scored the only goal of the game after some great interchanging play between him and Joao Plata. While the Whitecaps do only have 7 points from 7 games, they did play substantially better than last week, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough against a very hot RSL team.
Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes
After losing one of their playmakers in Darlington Nagbe, it didn’t come as much of a surprise to see the Timbers struggle against Dallas earlier in the week. If you were to tell me they would come out and beat San Jose at home later in the week, I would’ve told you that you were crazy. That’s exactly what they did last night though. A few fortunate bounces gave them their first 2, and the speed of Lucas Melano gave them their third. The real talking point was the red that was issued to Valeri who, whether intentional or not, lasered a ball into the head of Godoy after the whistle had blown.
That’s was all for Saturday, stay tuned as their will be more MLS games slated for “Soccer Sunday” on ESPN and FS1.